10:02, April 20 178 0

2017-04-20 10:02:05


Be prepared: Same-sex married couples are healthier than opposite-sex ones

Marriage equality is more than just the right to wed whoever you love — it can also be good for your health.

Research shows that same-sex couples — like straight couples — benefit from marriage. One study in Massachusetts, conducted after the commonwealth recognized same-sex weddings in 2004, revealed that health care visits by gay men dropped 13 percent, compared to prior to marriage equality. Mental health visits dropped 3 percent. Of course there is a caveat: This is in happy marriages. Unhappy marriage, same or opposite sex, come with their own health risks.

But the results suggest same-sex marriage may in fact provide more health benefits than opposite-sex nuptials. Researchers found married same-sex couples experienced higher levels of well-being, perhaps because they are more likely to chose they partner they want rather than the ones based on peer pressure. They also may allow each other more freedom than typical opposite-sex marriage. The study also showed reported levels of psychological stress was lower, too.

The study’s director, Dr. Matthew Hatzenbuchler, concluded that marriage equality reduces stress-related health conditions.

Talk to your doctor about how a satisfying marriage, in addition to exercise and a proper diet, can improve your health.

Learn more by watching the video below:

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